History Theatre / Assassins

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* TheCameo: [[spoiler: Some versions have Arthur Bremer, Sirhad Sirhad, and James Earl Ray (the shooters of George Wallace, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. respectively) appear briefly to help convince Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate JFK.]]

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* TheCameo: [[spoiler: Some versions have Arthur Bremer, Sirhad Sirhad, Sirhan Sirhan, and James Earl Ray (the shooters of George Wallace, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. respectively) appear briefly to help convince Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate JFK.]]
13th Jan '17 3:10:45 PM Orbiting
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--> ''Booth'': I have seen the future, [[spoiler: Lee.]] And you are it.

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--> ''Booth'': -->'''Booth''': I have seen the future, [[spoiler: Lee.]] And you are it.



* AntiVillain: The play makes the assassins very sympathetic in some regards, especially Czolgosz.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: A few instances:

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* AntiVillain: The play makes the assassins very sympathetic in some regards, especially Czolgosz.
Czolgosz, who wanted to kill [=McKinley=] in hopes of helping mistreated workers.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: A few instances:ArtisticLicenseHistory:



* [[MurderIsTheBestSolution Assassination Is The Best Solution]]: At least, if you ask our protagonists. The Balladeer's part of "Another National Anthem" is smashing this trope to pieces. The assassins don't listen to him.

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* [[MurderIsTheBestSolution Assassination Is The Best Solution]]: MurderIsTheBestSolution: At least, if you ask our protagonists. The Balladeer's part of "Another National Anthem" is smashing this trope to pieces. The assassins don't listen to him.



* AttentionWhore: The crowd singers in "How I Saved Roosevelt" make it seem like they all saved the President by doing inconsequential things.

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* AttentionWhore: AttentionWhore:
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The crowd singers in "How I Saved Roosevelt" make it seem like they all saved the President by doing inconsequential things.



* BerserkButton: Try not to remind Leon Czolgosz of the job where he boiled his lungs, fried his skin with burning glass, watched his friends die, and got paid six cents an hour just to make some lousy bottles. And whatever you do, DON'T break one of those bottles right in front of him.

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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Try not to remind Leon Czolgosz of the job where he boiled his lungs, fried his skin with burning glass, watched his friends die, and got paid six cents an hour just to make some lousy bottles. And whatever you do, DON'T break one of those bottles right in front of him.



* BigNo: Zangara at the end of "How I Saved Roosevelt."

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* BigNo: Zangara at the end of "How I Saved Roosevelt."Roosevelt".



* BreakingSpeech: Near the very end of the show. The sequence labelled November 22, 1963/Take A Look, Lee is where John Wilkes Booth and company convince Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate JFK.

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* BreakingSpeech: Near the very end of the show. The sequence labelled November "November 22, 1963/Take A Look, Look", Lee is where John Wilkes Booth and company convince Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate JFK.



* CloudCuckoolander: Sara Jane Moore.

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* CloudCuckoolander: CloudCuckoolander:
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Sara Jane Moore.



* CrazyEnoughToWork: Zangara's plan to get rid of his stomach ache by assassinating the president of the United States.

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* CrazyEnoughToWork: CrazyEnoughToWork:
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Zangara's plan to get rid of his stomach ache by assassinating the president of the United States.States. It actually worked to an extent, as in real life he refused to attempt to defend his murder charge on the grounds that the Mayor of Chicago may have died of complications or previous injuries.



** Zangara's plan worked to an extent, as in real life he refused to attempt to defend his murder charge on the grounds that the Mayor of Chicago may have died of complications or previous injuries.



-->'''Booth/Proprietor:''' ''Free country!''
-->'''Booth:''' ''Means you don't have to sit--''
-->'''Proprietor''' ''That's it!''
-->'''Booth:''' ''--and put up with the sh-''
-->'''Company:''' ''Everybody's got the right to some sunshine!''

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-->'''Booth/Proprietor:''' ''Free country!''
Free country!
-->'''Booth:''' ''Means Means you don't have to sit--''
sit--
-->'''Proprietor''' ''That's it!''
That's it!
-->'''Booth:''' ''--and --and put up with the sh-''
sh-
-->'''Company:''' ''Everybody's Everybody's got the right to some sunshine!''sunshine!



* DarkReprise: "Everybody's Got The Right". After the events of the show, the song gains new meaning.

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* DarkReprise: DarkReprise:
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"Everybody's Got The Right". After the events of the show, the song gains new meaning.



--> '''Moore:''' I did? (Laughs) It's a joke. See, it's like, if I had amnesia, then I couldn't remember anything, including that I had amnesia.

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--> '''Moore:''' I did? (Laughs) ''[laughs]'' It's a joke. See, it's like, if I had amnesia, then I couldn't remember anything, including that I had amnesia.



--> *Cocks gun*

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--> *Cocks gun*''[cocks gun]''



-->"Don't blame me, I'm from [[HollywoodNewEngland Massachusetts]]!"

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-->"Don't -->''"Don't blame me, I'm from [[HollywoodNewEngland Massachusetts]]!"Massachusetts]]!"''



* TheElevenOClockNumber: A dark twist on the trope with "Another National Anthem".

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* TheElevenOClockNumber: TheElevenOClockNumber:
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A dark twist on the trope with "Another National Anthem".



* GenderNeutralNarrator: in the original anyway, The Balladeer, apart from being referenced as 'boy' once by Booth, could be played as female.

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* GenderNeutralNarrator: in In the original anyway, The Balladeer, apart from being referenced as 'boy' once by Booth, could be played as female.



* {{Leitmotif}}: Several. The biggest one being the slowed down version of "Hail to the Chief", which plays as the opening of "Everybody's Got The Right", when Emma Goldman delivers her speech, after each ballad and after Oswald has shot Kennedy.

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* {{Leitmotif}}: {{Leitmotif}}:
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Several. The biggest one being the slowed down version of "Hail to the Chief", which plays as the opening of "Everybody's Got The Right", when Emma Goldman delivers her speech, after each ballad and after Oswald has shot Kennedy.



* LoveMakesYouEvil: John Hinckley Jr. and Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, as seen in "Unworthy of Your Love".

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* LoveMakesYouEvil: LoveMakesYouEvil:
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John Hinckley Jr. and Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, as seen in "Unworthy of Your Love".



* RageAgainstTheAuthor: The song "Another National Anthem" has elements of this, culminating in the Assassins ''running the Balladeer off the stage'' (in the original version) or turning him into ''one of them'' (in the revival, where he becomes Lee Harvey Oswald).

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* RageAgainstTheAuthor: RageAgainstTheAuthor:
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The song "Another National Anthem" has elements of this, culminating in the Assassins ''running the Balladeer off the stage'' (in the original version) or turning him into ''one of them'' (in the revival, where he becomes Lee Harvey Oswald).



-->'''Sara Jane''': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny ''Shit, I shot it!'']]

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-->'''Sara Jane''': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny ''Shit, Shit, I shot it!'']]it!]]



* [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech The Reason You Suck Song]]: The Balladeer's half of all the ballads and "Another National Anthem," mocking the gathered assassins of their aspirations, telling them they just shed a little blood each. The Balladeer is ''not'' impressed by the rhetoric of the assassins and makes that blatantly clear.

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* [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech The Reason You Suck Song]]: TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The Balladeer's half of all the ballads and "Another National Anthem," mocking the gathered assassins of their aspirations, telling them they just shed a little blood each. The Balladeer is ''not'' impressed by the rhetoric of the assassins and makes that blatantly clear.



* TheVillainSucksSong: The aforementioned ballads.
** Interestingly, the only songs where the Balladeer outright criticizes the assassins are "Ballad Of Booth" and "Another National Anthem". In the others, he's more evenhanded, and in "Ballad Of Czolgosz", he paints a fairly sympathetic picture of Czolgosz. He still insults them more than a little, though.

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* TheVillainSucksSong: The aforementioned ballads.
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ballads. Interestingly, the only songs where the Balladeer outright criticizes the assassins are "Ballad Of Booth" and "Another National Anthem". In the others, he's more evenhanded, and in "Ballad Of Czolgosz", he paints a fairly sympathetic picture of Czolgosz. He still insults them more than a little, though.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Czolgosz, as least compared to the other assassins.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Czolgosz, as least compared to the other assassins. He truly wanted to help others with [=McKinley=]'s death.
10th Jan '17 4:14:37 AM BrokenEye
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Added DiffLines:

* PassingTheTorch: [[DependingOnTheWriter In some productions]], the show ends with the assassins ceremoniously handing their guns down to the extras to carry on the tradition, just as the reprise of "Everybody's Got the Right" reaches its crescendo.
6th Jan '17 12:04:02 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* DrivesLikeCrazy: Byck, who's from [[HollywoodNewEngland Massachusetts]].

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* DrivesLikeCrazy: Byck, who's Byck.
-->"Don't blame me, I'm
from [[HollywoodNewEngland Massachusetts]].Massachusetts]]!"
6th Jan '17 12:01:34 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* CorruptTheCutie: [[spoiler: Some productions have the assassins transform the Balladeer into Lee Harvey Oswald.]]
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** Booth, Guiteau, and Zangara.


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* ManipulativeBastard: John Wilkes Booth personally convinces Zangara, Czolgosz, and [[spoiler: Lee Harvey Oswald]] into shooting Presidents.
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* BreakTheCutie: Guiteau in his ballad.

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* BreakTheCutie: Happens to Guiteau in his ballad.



* {{Eagleland}}: The whole play is type 2, with the Balladeer as type 1.

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* {{Eagleland}}: The whole play is type 2, with Charles Guiteau and the Balladeer as both believe in type 1.



* LoveMakesYouEvil: John Hinckley and Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, as seen in "Unworthy of Your Love".

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* LoveMakesYouEvil: John Hinckley Jr. and Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, as seen in "Unworthy of Your Love".Love".
** To a lesser extent, Czolgsoz. He had an unreciprocated crush on Emma Goldman, who gave him the idea of becoming an anarchist.



*** Hinckley lists facts about Oswald as well, having kept biographies about the man in his apartment.
23rd Dec '16 12:25:01 AM TheUnknownUploader
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* BondingOverMissingParents: A variation, when Fromme and Moore bond when they realize Moore knew Charles Manson in high school.

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* BondingOverMissingParents: A variation, when Fromme and Moore bond when they realize Moore knew Charles Manson in high school.Moore.
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